i am 13. i started having panic attacks in 3rd grade. i had agoraphobia last year in 6th and toward the end of 4th quarter i became depressed and i started having panic attacks more frequently. ive just found out i have 'panic disorder - all possible symptoms' and 'severe depression'. ive been misdiagnosed with a few things in the past but this time my doctor is sure hes not mistaken. My mother wants me to be prescribed Xanax XR as she is. i was wondering if this could be done for a teenager; because i have been told xanax should not be given to anyone under 18. then again ive heard of people as young as 10 taking it. "I also take budeprion twice daily."
You are a very wise person. I am impressed. For your age you sure have allot on your plate. Personally I think Xanax is not for you, at this age. It is very addicted and I believe that your doctor can find something that will work better for your needs.
I am going to ask a question and maybe you do not know the answer. But I want you to think about this. Do you think your mother's medical problems have allot to do with what you are going through? You need to get into some yoga or martial arts. This will help you release what is going on in your life. Yoga works with the body and mind. Martial Arts teaches you courage and respect, Your grades will start to go up and life will be easier to deal with. I know about this as I am a Nikyu in Ju Jitsu. I took it because I too had problems I did not know what the heck to do with. This really saved me.
If the expense is something you are looking at, check with your parks and recreation department in your city, they may have a program.
I wish you the best.
I agree with Itsmetoo. You seem very wise and very educated about your medication. I also agree that Xanax is not (in my opinion) a good option for you simply because it is a benzo and benzo are horribly addictive. Besides working with your doctor, I would suggest keeping a journal involving your attacks(what caused it, what were you doing, where were you, the day, the time, etc... ) sharing this type of info with your doctor will help him get a better feel on what might be going on and at the same time show him that you are taking a vested intrest in your own treatment. Walks, writing, and doing physical exercise are good ways to fight off these attacks... I even know one lady at my hospital who sings whenever she starts to feel panicky-she says thinking about the song and the words keep her from focusing on the anxiety attack itself. Hope this helps!
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